Many blog posters have been suggesting that artists not signed to major labels do not sell music or make money. Below is a small swatch of sales information for TuneCore Artists only. It shows what they sold and what they made in July 2011, that ONE MONTH. I have removed the artists’ names and release info out of respect for their privacy.
Over 99% of these artists are not “signed.” Also note, these are sales from July, 2011, one of the slower music sales months of the year.
As you would expect, there are a small number of artists making hundreds of thousands of dollars each month and more artists earn less as you move down the list. But for all those that may comment suggesting most are making less, my response is, you’ve got to be kidding me.
These artists, all of them, are outside of the traditional system. Some are earning hundreds of thousands and some are earning $20.
And this is bad because…?
With the music industry democratized more artists are making more money than ever before. All of this money you are seeing is going directly into these artists’ pockets; this is money they would have never ever seen before.
Now add the songwriter money on top of this money.
Someone needs to explain to me why an artist earning something vs. nothing is a bad thing, as I truly cannot understand that logic. As far as TuneCore, as I have stated over and over, it’s your music that causes it to sell. It’s up to you to decide if the services and fees TuneCore charges work for you.
No gimmicks, no games, transparency in the way we work. Arm the artists with info and let them make their own decisions.
Here’s a sample of the data (click the link below to download the full doc):